Species complexes and the importance of Data Deficient classification in Red List assessments: The case of Hylobatrachus frogs

@article{Scherz2019SpeciesCA,
  title={Species complexes and the importance of Data Deficient classification in Red List assessments: The case of Hylobatrachus frogs},
  author={Mark D Scherz and F. Glaw and C. Hutter and M. Bletz and Andolalao Rakotoarison and J. K{\"o}hler and M. Vences},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  year={2019},
  volume={14}
}
  • Mark D Scherz, F. Glaw, +4 authors M. Vences
  • Published 2019
  • Geography, Medicine
  • PLoS ONE
  • Taxonomy is the cornerstone of extinction risk assessments. Currently, the IUCN Red List treats species complexes either under a single overarching species name—resulting in an unhelpfully broad circumscription and underestimated threat assessment that does not apply to any one species lineage—or omits them altogether—resulting in the omission of species that should be assessed. We argue that taxonomic uncertainty alone, as in species complexes, should be grounds for assessment as Data… CONTINUE READING
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